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John Kittle

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Major: Neuroscience

Advisor: Joshua Burk

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Effects of Learning on Social Interaction in Rats with Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Lesions

In rats the bilateral neonatal ventral hippocampus lesion (nVHL) has been widely characterized as a reliable model of schizophrenia. Proper brain development is disrupted by using a local anesthetic to transiently inactivate neurons in the ventral hippocampus. When performed during a critical period in early development, this “lesion” causes delayed onset of schizophrenia-like symptoms, including social and memory deficits. Currently there is a lack of research investigating novel treatment strategies Read More…

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Anton Lachowicz

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Major: Chemistry

Advisor: John Poutsma

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The Secrets of Hydrogen Bonding: A study of enhanced acidity in gas-phase polyols

The purpose of this experiment is to explore intramolecular hydrogen bonding in a non-aqueous environment. These bonds play an important role in protein structure and function. Discovering more about these types of hydrogen bonds may allow us to better understand the inner workings of living organisms.

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David McPherson

Hometown: Telford, Pennsylvania

Major: Biology

Advisor: Harmony Dalgleish

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Integral Projection Model for a Reproducing Stand of American Chestnut

In the early 1900s a fungal blight introduced from Asia swept through the forests of the eastern US killing almost all mature American chestnut trees. A few stands have survived, due both to their isolation and the cold winter temperatures where they live. The ecology of these stands is still in tact, which allows for a unique opportunity to study the tree how it existed naturally over a hundred years Read More…

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Patrick Smith

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Major: Chemistry

Advisor: David Kranbuehl

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Characterization of Graphene Oxide Loaded Thermoplastic Polyimides

Various mechanical and physical properties of polymers can be substantially enhanced through the incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) nanoparticles. My primary objective is to compare and characterize varying percent by weight GO loadings in polyimides. I will work to optimize the interactions between GO and the polyimide matrix. Conventional polyimides are thermosets and are difficult to process because they are heavily crosslinked. While I will be working with thermoset polyimides, Read More…

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Kimberly Trauner

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

Major: Government

Advisor: Amy Oakes

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Combating Modern Slavery: NGO-state partnerships in the fight against human trafficking

Across the world, nearly 27 million people are trapped in a form of modern slavery. Human trafficking affects every country in some capacity, yet most countries still do not comply with international standards of anti-trafficking law. Some states show improvement while others stagnate, and the general literature has provided relatively little explanation for why. My project, then, focuses on the relationship between non-governmental organizations and state governments, and how that Read More…